Welcome Back! To a time when rock and roll meant the Beatles, garage bands and Motown, and a 5000 watt AM station in Dearborn, Michigan transformed Detroit radio. Return with us now to experience again the sights, sounds and culture surrounding Detroit's number one '60s rock-radio phenomenon. Explore Keener13.com and celebrate the legend!
By Scott Westerman â firstname.lastname@example.org As the Hall of Fame voice of the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell was the soundtrack of Springtime and the Voice of Summer.
When you heard him on the air, it was a sign that a Michigan Winter was truly over. Open your window on a warm Summer evening, and you were likely to hear his voice echoing through the neighborhood, from the radios in countless convertibles, the kitchens in a hundred different fast food restaurants, from garages, living rooms, sailboats, and even during the glorious Summer sunsets on the Lake Michigan beaches. Read moreâ¦
By Scott Westerman â email@example.com I spent the morning WKNRâs Bob Green today. He is the most revered and most humble of the legendary Keener Key Men. And as the years go by, heâs still surprised at how what he calls âa fleeting momentâ still resonates with so many of us.
I was in Houston with MSU and was honored to be with my radio mentor. He took me through the cityâs neighborhoods, remarking how the town is much more heterogeneous in both geography and demography than most realize. In what we boomers like to call âlate middle ageâ, Bob looks great and is as sharp as ever. Read moreâ¦
I remember exactly where I was when I heard my first JAM Jingle package. I was program director for WATT in Cadillac, Michigan. Our last jingle package was âShotgun Heavenâ and we were only using one cut.
Like JAM founder, Jonathan Wolfert, I was a huge jingle nut. In 1971, I had the great fortune to work at the same station withKen R. Deutsch, who would become the worlds greatest jingle collector. We swapped probably fifty pounds of Mylar on the seven inch reels that were state of the art for tape recording.Read moreâ¦
By Scott Westerman â Curator Keener13.com He had the job we all wanted, the foot in the door at the greatest radio station in town. In the world that was radio back in the 1960s, the overnight shift was the proving ground, the place where the program director tested new talent, and the assignment from whence stars were often born.
Some loved the lifestyle and made overnights their brand. WJRâs Jay Roberts was one of the most famous, helping us drift off to sleep for over two decades as the captain of âNightflight 760?.
Jim Jeffries had a different idea. When he came to Detroit from Keenerâs Battle Creek sister station, Jim knew that even with WKNRâs highly directional nighttime signal, there were thousands of people out there who depended on the overnight guy to keep them awake and entertained. Read moreâ¦
By Scott Westerman â Curator, Keener13.com As many Keener fans know, 09/09/09 was the date when two big Beatle events took place. The Beatle iteration of the incredibly popular Rock Band video game was released. And the entire Parlophone Beatle catalog was re-released in digitally remastered form.
Those of us who saw the Beatles Love show in Vegas, and bought the associated CD, marveled at the magic that Fab Four producer George Martin, and son Giles Martin, worked. Weâve worked their re-mix of âGet Backâ into the Scott Owens Show rotation.
The same attention to detail has been given to the Beatle catalog we all bought as 45s, LPs and CDs over the years.